Reducing Annual Costs by Switching to Koha Software

140,000 patrons
at the Public Library Network
320 staff
city public libraries
book titles
Main Goal
Reduction of annual costs of operating and licensing of heterogeneous software in the city network of 28 public libraries by replacing it with a single freely distributed software platform.
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Main Сhallenges
Comparative Analysis
Analysis of the world's best practices in using freeware library management software.
Implementing selected Koha library management software.
Retraining customer's librarians and systems engineers in the use of new software.
Integration Links
Replacing existing integration links between the information systems operated in the library network by new integration links with Koha software.
Ensured seamless integration of Koha software with other legacy library systems, including 3M contactless RFID equipment produced by 3M and Bibliotheca.
Provided users with access to library resources on any device: on a desktop, on a tablet, on a smartphone.
Transfered and input library content in the new Koha software from other integrated library network information systems.
Provided information security of library content at the level of software technology and server equipment, and ensured procedures for access to content.
The project was implemented within 10 months, taking into account analysis, platform selection, design, implementation and training. The project provides a contract for 12 months of post-project maintenance. Integration with inherited library systems is implemented using web-services technology, REST API. The project team included an architect, programmers, systems engineers, and testers.
Provided convenient search for catalogs within each library, both together and separately, as well as in external electronic catalogs.
Provided procedures for maintainance of the system by specialists of the library network.
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